Caught in the Web
In his article “Caught in the Web” John Wiley focuses on the problems of Internet addiction, which has been a hot topic of discussion over the last few years. Wrecked relationships, damaged heath, cyber attacks, screen sickness and panic attacks are only a few consequences of Internet addiction, which is the fastest growing addiction in the world. Internet addiction is in many ways similar to alcoholism and addiction to gambling, yet, Internet addicts, compared to alcoholics and gamble lovers, do not make any efforts to find the counseling they need. According to the founder of the Center of on-line Addiction, Dr Kimberley Young, approximately 8.1 million people, most of whom had previous history of depression, spend more than 40 hours a week online. She also emphasizes the difficulty of telling when the entertainment becomes an addiction. Ignorance of environment, no willingness to interfere into social life, loss of interest in sex, sleepless nights, fatigue are the symptoms that a simple entertainment grew into an addiction. Addicts, usually middle-aged housewives and students, according to Dr. Young try to escape into the world of Internet from reality, where most of them suffer from depressions and loneliness, from the feeling of low self-esteem, insecurity and anxiety. Majority of the Net surfers attempts to curb the usage of Internet, but due to lack of resources to healthy alternatives and so called “withdrawal attacks” most of them fail. However, Dr. Young suggests her own remedial tips, which include a large variety of activities aimed at helping addicts to cut down on the time they spend in front of the monitors, making a special emphasis on social activities.